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Authorities investigate woman’s alleged homicide

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The vehicle of a Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy blocks traffic at the corner of West Gallina and Sarsaparilla roads Thursday afternoon. According to Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder, a woman’s body was found in an isolated area along Commerce Avenue, which appears to be a shooting death. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

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Authorities are investigating what has been presumed as a shooting homicide north of Roswell.

According to Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder, the presumption comes after the agency received a report of gunshots early Thursday morning.

“We got a call out in that vicinity of a shots fired,” Snyder said. “(We) couldn’t find anything … It’s a possibility that the murder happened around 1:30 this morning — we can’t help but think those two are connected.

“The autopsy is where you conduct a real field investigation, but it appears to be a shooting death.”

Snyder described the scene where the body was discovered as an isolated area along Commerce Avenue, which is north of the Clovis Highway overpass.

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A sheriff’s deputy blocked nearby traffic at the corner of West Gallina and Sarsaparilla roads during the investigation, which the Roswell Police Department’s Technical Services Unit initially assisted with.

“There’s a few houses over there,” Snyder said. “We don’t get a lot of traffic over that way — but there was certainly no traffic moving around when we responded to that call.”

Snyder said the body of the unidentified female victim was hidden and could not easily be seen if traveling by vehicle.

The Sheriff’s Office has also been investigating the murder of Garland Troy Berg from March 8 in the Midway area and the murder of Luciano De Anda Sifuentes from March 18 in the Hagerman area. In addition, the RPD is also investigating the homicide of Andrew Joseph Morro from March 17.

The Daily Record asked the sheriff if these occurrences within the county are abnormal.

“It really is for us. We don’t see that many generally,” Snyder said. “It’s unusual. Especially when it’s that close together.”

Snyder said while these investigations can take up a large amount of time and resources the assistance the department received from the RPD and New Mexico State Police helps.

Further information is pending an autopsy report from the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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